Our Year 12 Certificate II Hospitality students were treated to a spectacular day out this week visiting two local industry ‘hot spots’, where they were given a comprehensive demonstration of the hospitality industry at work, and even had the opportunity to be guests rather than hosts for a change.
Paul Maley, General Manager of Shelter Brewing Company, took time out of his busy day to give the students an informative ‘all access tour’ of their brewery and kitchen. It was an opportunity for the students to see the stringent health, safety and compliance requirements, which they covered throughout their course, in action in a busy hospitality environment. Students were able to explore the ‘back of house’ sections of this incredible venue, currently one of the largest private employers in Busselton. The company‘s passion for West Australian produce, sustainability and planning for future growth was evident throughout the tour.
From there, the group headed out to Hay Shed Hill, where they were treated to an amazing degustation lunch at Rustico. Having themselves created and managed more than a dozen functions to complete their Certificate, the students enjoyed being thoroughly spoilt by the Rustico team, who had also generously covered more than half the cost of the meal.
Whilst lunch was served by the very competent Sharron Green, experienced sommelier, Heath Bentley, imparted some of his expertise in wine selection and pairing with food. Heath had created a delicious virgin Mojito for the students to enjoy with their meal, and took time to share his experiences in the industry. Head Chef, Mike McAllister, who has always been so supportive of our Hospitality students at the College, also came out and spoke with the group about the many opportunities available in hospitality within the south west.
The management and team at both venues were very passionate about the local hospitality industry, and gave generously of their time to inform the students about the qualities of excellent hospitality staff, the positives of working in a varied, ever-changing environment and the wealth of pathways ahead of them as they prepare to graduate with a Certificate II in Hospitality.